Friday, December 8, 2017

The federal Republican tax plan would create a system detrimental to nonprofit charities. Their proposal increases the standard deduction, thereby reducing the number of filers who itemize. In other words, it limits tax benefits for many of the small to mid-size donors for charities. According to the most recent analysis by the Tax Policy Center, the number of taxpayers that would itemize compared with current law would fall by 75 percent in 2018. So why is this reform of the tax code so bad for charities?

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Sacramento - Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas Releases Statement on Rancho Tehama Reserve Shooting:

“I extend condolences to our fellow Californians in Rancho Tehama Reserve still reeling from this recent violence. Wanton attacks on our children and school personnel are heartbreaking. I am grateful to know that school officials prevented what could have been an even worse occurrence by quickly responding and protecting students. First responders, law enforcement and medical professionals rounded out the immediate support in this traumatic case of a mentally disturbed individual who should not have been able to access weapons inflicting terror on innocents. 

As the healing process begins, I want the residents of Rancho Tehama to know that their neighbors in Southwest and West Los Angeles stand with them. For those who need counseling services or just a good listening ear call DiDi Hirsch Mental Services at 310.390.6612 or visit their website here.

For those who suspect there are others in California who should not have access to weapons by virtue of mental illness please be sure to call your local law enforcement agency. If you’re not sure what qualifies a person from being prohibited from owning a firearm, please visit the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Firearm’s website here."

Friday, October 13, 2017

SACRAMENTO -California Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas’ Assembly Bill 23, which authorizes and protects single gender institutions and educational programs, was recently signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.

“Today we have given our students and families additional opportunities to prepare for the careers of tomorrow,” said Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas. “I am pleased to know that the Governor acknowledges the critical value of single gender education environments in public schools.”

Friday, September 15, 2017


California Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas Introduces Legislation to Provide Relief for Harvey Victims

Assembly Bill 345 Will Allow Charitable Contributions for Disaster Relief Efforts on State Personal Income Tax Returns


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas Releases Statement on Sanctuary Cities

Sacramento -Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas released the following statement regarding Senate Bill 54:

“As I consider the merits of the particular measure, I note sanctuary and shelter are human rights. California residents must be afforded Constitutional due process and equal protection. The State of California will do well to ensure its residents' human dignity is respected.”

Saturday, June 24, 2017
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

At the State Capitol, Mrs. Jacqueline James was honored by Assemblymember Sebastian Ridley-Thomas as Assembly District 54 Veteran of the Year for her military service to both her state and country.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017